ST. LOUIS - As part of its collaboration to provide educational services to people with diabetes across the region, Saint Louis University and St. Louis Diabetes Coalition are hosting a free educational forum called So What Can I Eat? on Saturday, May 14 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel ballroom, 212 N. Kingshighway. The forum will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast and will end at 11:30 a.m.
|Eric S. Armbrecht, Ph.D.|
According to Joan McGinnis, MSN, director of education with St. Louis Diabetes Coalition, people with diabetes typically assume they cannot enjoy the foods they love to eat, which leads to a negative approach to controlling their diabetes.
"No, never, no way and nada are words that automatically come to mind when people with diabetes think about delicious food. Food is not the enemy, though. Through education, people with diabetes can learn how to safely enjoy all their favorite foods," McGinnis said.
So What Can I Eat? will feature nationally acclaimed dietitian Pat Speirs from Loyola University Chicago, who will discuss how carbohydrate counting opens the possibilities of enjoying favorite foods while managing diabetes successfully.
"The event is part of a coordinated strategy to reach out to people with diabetes and connect them with educational programs in large group as well as one-on-one services," said Eric S. Armbrecht, Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research (SLCUOR), whose research focuses on improving diabetes care.
"SLUCOR is proud to be part of community-based efforts that assist patients with diabetes in making informed decisions about their health - from food to medical care."
The educational forum is free and open to the community. Complimentary parking is available. Space is limited, though, and registration is recommended. Register online at www.SoWhatCanIEat.com or call 800-845-7355 ext 33876.
So What Can I Eat? is presented by Saint Louis University and the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition, and sponsored by Roche Accu-chek.
About the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition: The St. Louis Diabetes Coalition is a Missouri non-profit corporation (501c3 tax exempt) established in 1998 to address the challenges of diabetes awareness and care quality by integrating community efforts and resources. www.diabetescoalition.org
About SLUCOR: Saint Louis University's Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) is committed to strengthening the delivery and outcomes of medical care through innovative research and education. SLUCOR is made up of five interdisciplinary teams focused on organ transplantation, diabetes, cardiology, pharmacoeconomics and healthcare quality. To learn more about SLUCOR, go to http://slucor.slu.edu/.
Saint Louis University and St. Louis Diabetes Coalition recently received a St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnership grant to expand diabetes education programs in St. Louis. Learn more here.